September 24th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP slams Kirk appointment

The NRSC criticized Paul Kirk's appointment to the Senate.
The NRSC criticized Paul Kirk's appointment to the Senate.

(CNN) – National Republicans Thursday were quick to criticize the appointment of Paul Kirk to fill the vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts until a special election is held in January.

“The Democrats’ power play in Massachusetts has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with politics," Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement. "With their unpopular government-run health care bill on the brink of failure, Democrats in Washington desperately need another vote in the U.S. Senate, and it is clear that this Administration will stop at nothing to ram it through the Congress."

Full statement after the jump:

NRSC Response To Massachusetts Senate Appointment

WASHINGTON – Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), issued the following statement today in response to Massachusetts Democrat Governor Deval Patrick’s appointment of an un-elected United States Senator:

“The Democrats’ power play in Massachusetts has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with politics. With their unpopular government-run health care bill on the brink of failure, Democrats in Washington desperately need another vote in the U.S. Senate, and it is clear that this Administration will stop at nothing to ram it through the Congress. By meddling in the affairs of state politics just weeks after promising to leave it up to the elected Massachusetts officials, Democrat leaders in Washington have demonstrated a willingness to put partisan politics over principle, a far cry from candidate Obama’s pledge to change the way business is done in Washington.”


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Jarod from San Diego

    I will join the republican side if ANY of them could answer just ONE question, "Where was all of this anger when George Bush was:
    Spending away our future
    Creating a massive deficit
    Allowing the Health Care industry to grow at an abnormal rate
    Getting our military members killed over false pretenses
    Allowing unregulated Wall Street to stick it to us
    ....need I go on? And yes people, this is ONE question.

    September 24, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. From Phoenix

    I cant wait till 2010 when we see more red in Congress!

    September 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    "60" Well let the GOP criticize all they want, it doesn't change a thing for them but it does bring the Democrats to the magic "60" in the Senate. So complain, cry, pout, wet your pants, stump your feet, start name calling or whatever it is you do best, it still doesn't change a darn thing.

    September 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. BILL, WI

    The Democrats changed the law when it suited them before. That was for there to be a general election 120 days to fill the empty seat. The Democrats changed the law back to what it was before when it suits them now. It has nothing to do with the Repubs this is the MA Democratic party machine at work.

    September 24, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Proud to be Independent

    Yes .. the republicans would've done the same and the democrats' response would have been the same ..
    Does that make it right??
    I voted for Obama beliving that he was different .. that maybe . .just maybe this would truly be a fresh new start .. a CLEAN WASHINGTON ..
    I was wrong ..
    Power corrupts .. and absolute power corrupts absolutely .. this phrase has just been proved right
    Mr. Obama. .. you disappoint
    CNN.. post this if you dare !!!!!

    September 24, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Alan

    I live in Massachusetts today. I totally disagree with what they are doing. I am what they call an Independent. I don't vote for any one party. I am looking forward to 19 January 2010 for the election. I know alot people that want to teach the Demcrat party a lesson on who they should be representing the people that puts them into office. I can't wait for Governor Patrick to be voted out of office. He has lied enought to the People of Massachusetts. Time for him to go. And that legistature . By the way 50 Percent of the voting population is registered Independent. Good bye to the Demcrats.

    September 24, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Al

    And the Republicans, if presented with this scenario, would have left well enough alone? Yeah right! This is politics.. both parties engage in it. Wake up and smell the coffee!

    September 24, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    Now Obama is hand picking congress to push through his agenda.
    Tell me that is the American way!

    September 24, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Jarod from San Diego

    This is absolutely ludicris! The same party that rigged district lines to gain political advantages prior to every election over the past 8 years. The party that rigged voting machines, tried to freeze out minority groups during elections. The party that allows Rush Limbaugh to dictate and direct right wing policies unto its base... and now youre crying, "Foul"? This party has just redefined hyprocrasy.

    September 24, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. debk

    And the Republicans would like to play politics to try to cheat the people of MA out of two DEMOCRATIC Senators which is what they elected. The Republicans would be very, very happy to have one EMPTY seat representing MA in the Senate when it comes time to vote on health insurance reform or any other votes that come up before the next election is held. Talk about a bunch of nimrods!

    September 24, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Franco

    republican motto,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,complain , lie, scare tactics. country 1st only when it favors us

    September 24, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. jtt-esq

    The Republicans criticisms are bull
    a) The appointment is temporary as there is a special election in January to fill the seat . That is only 4 months away.
    b) The appointee is not some one runing for the office so it does not give anyone an advantage in the special election.
    c) The appointee worked on Sen. Kennedy's staff for years. Therefore he is familiar with the work and priorities of the late Senator. Senator kennedy's staff will be comfortable and familiar with him and he will continue the work and priorities of Sen. Kennedy until the winner of the Special election takes office.
    d) The people of MA obviously supported the work and priorities of Sen Kennedy as he won reelections in an overwhelming fashion. This selection is in line with the priorities of the voters that supported Sen Kennedy and re-elected him.
    e) It ensures MA is fully represented in the U.S. Senate at all times. Without this temprary appointment MA would be lacking such representation for 4 months.

    September 24, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Shucks

    Ah, those poor republicans. What did they think that a conservative republican would be picked? How does it feel to be the second party? Like it? The last 8 years was yours. This eight years belongs to the democrats as we Obamanauts watched you Bushies run the country into the ground, except of course for the tax cuts for the wealthy, (we see how well that worked for the economy), and the war of no return. Don't worry we can fix what you broke. Just your whining and crying is soooooo annoying.

    September 24, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Mike

    I never, ever agree with Republicans on anything. This is a first – I agree with them on this. The Democrats in MASS are despicable in doing this. There is a thing called right and wrong – they are wrong on this and the Republicans are right.

    September 24, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Bob the Observer

    How anyone can excuse this type of corruption is beyond me. The people of Massachusetts have had a problem being human since the days of the Salem witch trials and even before. Has anything good ever come out of Massachusetts?

    September 24, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. AndyB

    Well you see the country can't afford to let Republicans regain control. They've already ran America into a ditch. Another period with them in there would be a colossal nightmare and a monumental mistake. We already endured one monumental mistake called George W. Bush.

    September 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Cleavette

    That's why it it is called politics. The Repubs spend too much time destroying this country.

    September 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. susie

    The Democrats are changing laws as they go.

    September 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Debbie from VA

    I don't know how any fair minded person could support this action. Forget politics for a minute and look at this objectively. Liberals on this blog are name calling (as usual) but need to really take a clear look. Is this the behavior we want from any elected official, right or left? I don't and I hope more people will remember at election time.

    September 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. tim b

    If you aren't from Mass. you have no place to speak to this, because this was voted on by the representatives that were chosen by the people of Mass. and therefore does nothing more than present the will of the people.

    September 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Calvin

    It is about time for Democrats to use the "muscles" that the majority of Americans people gave them. TO MAKE A CHANGE! NOW LET'S MOVE ON TO THE "PUBLIC OPTION" IN HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM ACT.

    September 24, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Bj

    Hopefully this will come back to bite the democrats big time. This is clearly an abuse of power and should not stand. I don't understand how the people of Massachusetts put up with this nonsense. It clearly shows that the democrats will do whatever is necessary to maintain their grip on the state to the detriment of the people.

    September 24, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. jane

    The GOP likes to try to make the public believe that the health care reform plan is unpopular, when in fact it's not and they know it. Most of the country are waiting and praying for the plan to pass.

    September 24, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. shmeckel

    It is funny to see politicians getting people to argue amongst themselves. This was without a doubt wrong (well I think the original move was the mistake), and yes the GOP would have done the same thing.

    We really are TOOLS and instead of correcting the problem (politicians, and government) we let them control us to fight among each other.

    September 24, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Dave

    Republicans are unhappy about something. Is that even news anymore? They're utterly predictable. Why not just save the space and keep up a permanent article that says "Democrats do something, Republicans complain about it."

    Their complaining might mean something if they hadn't already proven they have no clue how to govern. No one with any sense heeds the advice of complete failures.

    September 24, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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